Pick Your Own

Pick Your Own Fruit

Our 2022 Pick Your Own Cherry Season will begin early November 2022.

Online bookings for the 2022 Season will open in the Spring.

There is no better way to experience the stone-fruit season — cherries, apricots & plums — and our beautiful countryside than our Pick-Your-Own orchard!

Open 7 days a week, 8am to 5pm during the season — November and December (or until picked out!) — when ripe fruit is available. OPENING HOURS

1kg per adult, minimum pick.

You are welcome to bring a picnic and enjoy our shady picnic area.

It’s a fun day out for all ages — there is lots to see and do at Ballinaclash!

Buses and coaches must contact us via email  — please contact us to book.

Buses and coaches without a confirmed booking will not be admitted.

Just prior to your visit to Ballinaclash please check this website for any updates or changes due to seasonal variations or COVID restrictions.

Frequently Asked Questions

Everything you need to know for a visit to Ballinaclash Pick Your Own!

How do I get to Ballinaclash Pick Your Own Orchard and Cellar Door?

Ballinaclash Orchard and Cellar Door is located 6km south of Young in South West New South Wales. The easiest way to get the most accurate directions is to go to our website and follow the Google Maps link.

If you are using a GPS put in “Ballinaclash Orchard” and the directions will come up.

We are about 4 hours from Sydney and  less than 2 hours from Canberra, Orange and Wagga.

When is the cherry season?

 

The cherry season generally begins around Melbourne Cup Day however because we are so dependent on the weather, each season varies.

We try and keep this website up to date with information regarding each season, so keep an eye on it. Our Facebook and Instagram pages are also a good source for up to date information. Alternatively feel free to contact us via phone or email for updates regarding the season.

It is difficult to give an exact answer to this as it depends a lot on the weather. Usually however, we have pick your own cherries from mid-November to mid-December. Our shed shop and Cellar Door is open 7 days a week during this time and up until Christmas.

We generally have pick your own apricots late November/early December.

Our white cherries also come in around this time. Sour cherries are a little later. The sour cherries are not always available for sale as we use them for our own cooking and products. Keep an eye on our website, Facebook or Instragram for seasonal updates.

 

What cherry varieties do you grow?

We grow several different varieties of cherries so that we can extend our season. These are roughly divided into Early Season, Mid -Season & Late Season Varieties.

We also grow White Cherries and Sour Cherries. Cherry Varieties Grown at Ballinaclash

What do I need to bring when I come cherry picking?

It’s a good idea to bring a hat and sunscreen. Enclosed shoes are best, but it’s up to you!

You may like to pack a picnic and enjoy our shady picnic area or make use of our free electric BBQ (Note: Due to COVID restrictions electric BBQs are not available). Tables and seats are  limited so you may want to bring your own, or a picnic rug.

Don’t forget your water bottle, however if you do, we sell cold drinks at our shed shop.

When do the pick your own apricots start?

As with all of our fruit, the ripening is weather dependent. The apricots usually start late November or beginning of December, however they could be slightly earlier or later.

If you keep an eye on this website or our social media, we will keep you updated; alternatively feel free to contact us for more information. 

What's the weather like?

You may be hoping for beautiful sunny weather for your day out picking cherries, but rest assured we are hoping and praying even harder for that perfect weather!  Of course this is completely out of our control, however we usually experience good weather during the cherry season.

Regardless, we are open 7 days a week during the cherry season and offer shelter in our shed if it does happen to rain.

If you are waiting for the rain to pass, why not sample our award winning wines at the Cellar Door, participate in a cherry pie making class (you will need to book these online), enjoy eating our homemade cherry pie, have a cherry ice-cream, sample our full of fruit jams and much more.

To check on the weather prior to your visit, you can click on the link below. If rain is forecast just remember to pack your coat!

https://www.weatherzone.com.au/nsw/southwest-slopes/young

Do you sell food?

During the cherry season we sell cherry pie and ice cream and cherry ice creams but not lunch or coffee. We usually have a good stock of delicious Coolamon Cheeses and  crackers which go beautifully with our jams, pastes and chutneys.

You are also very welcome to bring a picnic or why not pop into town, just down the road, and visit one of our great local cafes.

Do you grow white cherries?

 

Yes we do. They usually ripen late November/early December. Keep an eye on our Website, Facebook or Instgram for seasonal updates.

Do you grow sour cherries?

Yes we do. We grow Montmorency and Morello varieties. These are late variety cherries so usually ripen mid to late December. We do not always have these available for the public as we love using them for our cooking and products so it depends on the season as to whether we have enough. Keep an eye on our Website, Facebook or Instagram for seasonal updates.

Is there an entry fee?

For the 2021 Cherry Season there is no Entry Fee.  Minimum 1kg per adult which means you will be charged for 1kg even if you pick less, so it’s well worth picking your kilogram!

What other fruits do you grow?

Our cherries and apricots are available for pick your own but we also grow other fruits that we sell in our Farm Gate Shop. These fruits are available when in season: janerik plums, cherries, apricots, loquats, plums, nectarines, peaches, figs, sugar plums, table grapes, wine grapes and quinces.

Are dogs allowed?

Dogs are permitted in the orchard on the condition that they are kept on a lead at all times, they do not disturb or upset others and their droppings are immediately cleaned up and properly disposed of by their owner
Strictly no dogs or animals of any kind are allowed in or near the shed, with the exclusion of registered assistance animals.

Can you store our Pick Your Own Fruit in your Cool Room

Unfortunately we are unable to store your fruit in our cool room  so bring along your eskies and coolers if you can!

Do I need to book Pick Your Own online?

Yes. Online bookings are essential these days. It’s very easy! Just visit our website on your phone, laptop or desktop and follow the booking links.

Can I do a wine tasting when I come to pick cherries?

Absolutely! One of the unique things about Ballinaclash is that it is a Pick Your Own Orchard, Cellar Door and Farm Gate Shop, so really, a one stop shop! Make sure you book your wine tasting online so you don’t miss out!

Are you Covid Safe?

For the past two years,  2020 and 2021, we have made every effort to safeguard visitors to our premises, our community and our employees by adhering to NSW Government Covid Regulations. When you booked  online, you were required to read and agree to our Conditions of Entry. We will continue to follow any NSW Government Regulations if, and as required, in order to keep everyone as safe as possible.

Do you have Cherry Pie Making Classes?

Unfortunately due to Covid Restrictions, we have been unable to conduct our very popular Cherry Pie Making Classes for the past two season. We hope they will return for the 2022 Season! Regardless, we will be churning out our cherry pies for sale in our Farm Gate Shop throughout the cherry season.

What are your opening hours?

During the Cherry Season, we are open 7 days a week from 8am to 5pm.

Our cherry season usually goes from early November through until close to Christmas.

Our days and hours of opening vary out of cherry season, depending on what is happening on the farm, so it is best to check our website or social media for updates.

During the quieter Autumn and Winter months we open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10am to 4pm and offer a number of wine tasting experiences, some accompanied with local food options. These can be booked online via our website.

Can I change my online booking?

Once you have booked, if you want to add more people to your booking, you will need to book them in as a separate booking. Every person needs a booking. If bookings are full, you will be unable to add extras.

If you wish to cancel a booking, please send us an email with your Booking Number and we will cancel it for you.

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